Sounding the (Silent) Alarm

By: Diane Toomey

Edited by: Nancy Waddell

CarolWarnerw_alarmSeven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire, most often occurring in homes that lack working smoke alarms. A smoke alarm almost doubles your chance of surviving a home fire, one of the most common disasters in the U.S.

As part of our Sound the Alarm. Save a Life campaign, the American Red Cross is actively recruiting volunteers to install smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods throughout the Northwest Region and across the United States. Continue reading

News You Can Use to Keep Pets Healthy

By Gordon Williams

Photos by: Jen Blackwood

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We certainly love our pets: How else to explain why Americans own an estimated 78 million dogs and 86 million cats.

Because you do love your pets, and want to keep them healthy and happy, you should know about two recent news items dealing with animal health. Continue reading

Building a Radio System to Keep the Red Cross in Touch

By Gordon Williams

IMG_0877.1When disaster strikes, nothing is more important to keeping all responders functioning as a team than solid, dependable radio communications. When disaster threatens to disrupt conventional means of communication as cell phones and landlines–as a Cascadia event might do–the need for a high-quality radio network becomes downright critical. Continue reading

Sounding the Alarm in Lake Wenatchee

By: Betsy Robertson

Lake Wenatchee is a unique community, located about 20 miles east of Stevens Pass, arguably providing the very best of what our northwest lifestyle has to offer. Residents and weekenders are presented with year-round recreation, including cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, camping, hiking, fly fishing … the list goes on.

It’s what attracted a former Seattle Police Captain and South Precinct Commander, Bill Moffat to the area. He did and still loves to ski. But retirement in Lake Wenatchee is providing more activity than he ever dreamed. Continue reading

How to Raise Water-Smart, Water-Safe Kids

By Gordon Williams

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There is one very grim statistic that no parent should ignore: that nearly 400 children under 14 die from drowning in the U.S. each year. And five times that number require emergency treatment for non-fatal water-related injuries.

You can’t hope to keep kids away from water. Even if you live far away from lakes and ponds, your community or a neighbor is likely to have a pool. So how do you let your kids enjoy the water without becoming another statistic? Continue reading

The Many Benefits from KOP’s Working Party

By Gordon Williams

Photos by Gordon Williams

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Most times, a gathering of Red Cross volunteers and staffers would mean a disaster somewhere, with people in urgent need of assistance. But when more than a dozen volunteers and staff members gathered at the Bremerton office of the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas Chapter on a sunny mid-July morning, they weren’t responding to a disaster at all.

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Help Prepare Communities for and Recover from Disaster: AmeriCorps Members Wanted!

The American Red Cross is looking for people to make a meaningful difference in our Northwest community!

AmeriCorps is a great opportunity to serve your community, build professional skills and develop your network in a positive setting.

Applications are now being accepted for 9 AmeriCorps positions: (descriptions below) Continue reading